Joined April 2012
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Start Weight
159.0 lb
Lost so far: 16.2 lb

Current Weight
142.8 lb
Performance: losing 0.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
137.0 lb
Still to go: 5.8 lb

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  The 500 Difference
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ended: 23 Jun 13
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What am I doing wrong? Not sure I can stick this out with no results.
I've tried to do research to find out what I'm doing wrong, but I've decided that there are too many factors to really tell. So I'm going to share my diet plan on here in hopes that someone has some tips for me!

I'm 25 years old, female, 157 lbs and 5'8. I've been eating badly for my entire life (fast food, soda, processed foods, large portions, you name it). Three weeks ago I decided to get serious about my weight. I'm about 20 lbs overweight and I needed to change my habits.

So I've been calorie counting like crazy. I eat 1200 calories a day + exercise calories. So if I burn 400 at the gym, I'll eat between 1500 and 1600 that day. I exercise 6 days a week -- 30 minutes on the elliptical or bicycle and 15-20 minutes on strength training. Then lots of stretching. It's a huge lifestyle change because I've never been active before. I can feel myself getting stronger and my heart is gradually able to keep up with my cardio workout.

My diet consists of vegetables, 2 servings of fruit a day, salad or leftovers for lunch, grilled lean protein with salad or veggies for dinner. Lots of water. I do eat a Kashi almond/whole grain breakfast bar almost every day for breakfast.. but that's only 130 calories.

About once a week I've eaten a "cheat item" -- I would eat unhealthy food but in a very small portion to not blow my entire day of calorie counting. This helped me feel like I'm not missing out on all the fun when my friends or family go out on weekends. It's never anything big. I think one time I had a light beer with dinner. Once I had a small portion of vanilla ice cream with strawberries on it...

I just feel like I've done everything by the book, but my weight has fluctuated a ton! I started out at 159 and I dropped three pounds the first week. I assumed a lot of that was water weight. Then I kept losing the next week and hit a low of 154. Then I've fluctuated UP since last Tuesday.... I'm now up to 157.8... that's practically where I started! I feel like I've been working so hard for three weeks with hardly any loss!

Any tips? What am I doing wrong?
posted 10 Jul 2013, 22:55
Affording the food for a healthier
I can totally understand your dilemma. My best friend has a husband that refuses to eat her healthy meals. It's not as easy as some people think and can create a real rift in the home if you're not agreeing on what should go on the table. There might be ways to eat healthy and satisfy the husband? What about buying lean meats and serving them with vegetables and a sweet potato? You can limit your portion of the meat and fill up on veggies and he gets his "steak and potatoes" but with a slightly healthier twist. I had to train my husband on eating healthy foods. First I would put butter and seasonings on his vegetables. After some time of him acclimating, I would switch the butter to things like flax oil and sea salt. He hardly notices. Hee. Smile And I definitely don't agree that healthy eating is cheaper. I've found the opposite to be true. ESPECIALLY if you're going for organic produce and hormone-free eggs and meat. The cheapest groceries I've found include chicken, lean pork tenderloins, sweet potatoes, frozen vegetables, large containers of yogurt, and you can find cheap nuts and seeds from the bulk section in stores like Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, etc. Good luck! I know it's tough. Hopefully when your husband sees the positive changes in YOU, he'll come around.
posted 28 Jun 2013, 09:49
What Category Am I? Sedentary? Active?
I'm 25 years old, female, 5'8 and 158 pounds. I have spent most of my adult life at 145 and felt relatively comfortable with my weight. My goal weight, however, has always been 135. I have never been active or athletic -- even when I was in high school. I'm just now getting into "weight loss" mode and have done a lot of reading to make sure I'm doing everything right. However, I have a few questions.

Everything I've read says that you should not cut calories below 1200 per day. Also, if you exercise, then you have to add those calories back into your diet. So if I exercise that day and burn 300 calories, then I have to eat 1500 that day to make sure I have the fuel I need and keep my metabolism working.

My issue is that I don't know how to categorize my lifestyle. I used to be a server, running around for 8 hours a day, but then adding those calories back in by eating the fried food we serve and drinking beer every night. I just got a new job as a court clerk in which I will be sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. However, I have a gym membership and have been going to the gym 6 days a week, and 7 days a week if I'm feeling up to it. I do an hour of cardio and 15-20 minutes of strength training. I plan on continuing my exercise plan, but my job is a sit-down job. Is my category sedentary since I don't do anything active until I get to the gym?

The reason I want to know this is because I've read that you should only eat 1200 calories per day if you are sedentary. If you are active, you have to eat more like 1500-1800. If this seems like a dumb question, I am sorry! I just don't want to waste time and energy going about this wrong. Weight loss is so new to me, and so is exercising. I also don't want to deprive my body if I'm supposed to be eating more. However, I want to be somewhat aggressive with my weight loss. I'm shooting for two lbs per week, but only if I go about it in a healthy way.

posted 24 Jun 2013, 11:51
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